The Perfect Post
Since joining in Beta back in June of 2011, now and then I come across other people's ideas of the perfect post. They'll give advice on topics and headers, the use of keywords and (now) #hashtags
. Formatting (things like bold being used on main ideas and titles), use of italics etc. When to post, what to post, what catches eyeballs, what gets you onto What's Hot
lists.And they would not be wrong.
But they may not talk to you about the most important elements. I see two things as being crucial: a visual anchor to your post, and the content itself (what is your post about, really?) While many a post gets a deluge of eyeballs viewing it (without using images or graphics) it seems that our world is rapidly embracing the visual
. Whether it is a picture or twenty pictures - we have, in massive numbers, embraced things like icons and apps, Instagram, Pinterest, and the like. Visual
seems to be the way of the future, with touchscreen everything being the path that will guide us towards our more perfect future.I've understood that from Day One, and I have always tried to use a compelling graphic element
. And along with all the elements mentioned at the beginning, I have found that when I dig down deep for topics - that's when I get closest to my perfect post.
I must have spent two hours tonight contemplating many topics and trying to find just the right picture to illustrate my post - but none came close to what I wanted to achieve. See - I stand by what I post and I take pride in what I write about. I think I've done a good job of educating, informing, and telling you all about things I love and things that interest me over the years here.
In fact - if I could put all of my posts into book form (along with the million great comments and exchanges back and forth) I would do so in a heartbeat.Because I believe I have a voice here - and that I have things worth saying and sharing.
You'll very rarely see me ask you to share something (other than for good causes and helping other people). That's not my style. But I take comfort that I now have a body of work here that is damned special to me - and I believe that my posts do get shared because they sometimes strike a chord, or remind us of qualities in ourselves, or even remind us of the things we love and do, or used to love or do. Time is a bit shifting here sometimes :-)
So, while this is in no way a "perfect post" it is
perfect in the sense that it is from my heart, spoken in my own voice, and talking about something I love very much - Google+. I'm not sure I've ever had a perfect post, but I have tried to aim for that as often as I could.For yourself, maybe it's worth taking a few extra minutes sometimes, refining and tweaking your posts
. Keep in mind: what you post publicly will be seen by the great-great-grand kids of your great-great-great grand kids. We are living in the future right now (and as I always repeat to anyone who will listen: what you write and say matters...) And will be a part of the vast Internet record into perpetuity.Words matter! #googpeplustips #gplustips #perfectpost #writingadvice #writewhatyouknow #believeinyourself
image| http://dailyawesimity.wordpress.com/Floating Lantern Festival - Honolulu, Hawai'i. U.S.A.